Stone Cold Fox braids infectious pop and electronic elements, with a strand of "cool guy" indie rock to create a plait (or in this case, EP) that glitters. The Brooklyn band's latest EP Tunnel Vision can turn any dull moment into a reflective and jet-powered dance session. Get acquainted with the EP and read about Stone Cold Fox's process and evolution in their own words.
Plus, if you're in the neighborhood, see the band live July 15 at Rough Trade.
"Contagion" went through a long process of demos and changes. It took us around a year and a half to get the song finally to a point that felt good to us. The bridge section was a battle of trial and error, after going through many possible bridge options, we finally found something that achieved what we wanted in the song.
This is one of the songs on the EP that came together with relative ease. The song's core never really changed form its inception, just a good old rock song, and it was just a matter of building an arrangement that supported the flow and energy of the song.
"Morning Light" was actually the first song of the band's that didn't originate with Kevin. Graham demoed out this song by himself, writing the original chord progression on a yamaha cs-50 synthesizer, and then brought it to the band. With only a little bit of editing to create the bridge, this song quickly fell together and his since been a band favorite.
This was a song of frustration and and we ground our gears for a long time trying to find out what to do with this one, going through probably over six demos and recording it in the study three different takes. We kept going back and forth between it being too heavy rock or too electronic and dancey, and finding that middle ground took a long time. The verses have heavy 80's synthesizer vibes, but layered with an aggressive distorted bass line and groovy rock drum beat. The pre-chorus and choruses are fun and danceable with a pulse that just keeps pushing forward. The bridge was truly the Achilles heel of the song, going through many changes over a very long period of time. In the end, we ended up editing various parts of previous versions together, ending up with a result that we finally felt good about. The song as whole was a bit like pulling teeth, but we are proud of how
"Polyethylene" came together really quickly, the idea stemmed from a line Ariel Loh (former member) wrote. The whole band really got a chance to try out a lot of different things. Graham has this super eerie guitar line that fades in and out and provides this awesome texture. Justin's bass is this growling monster that pulses throughout the song, and Aaron's drums at the end are so bombastic, it was one of the few songs that we really just just pull out all the stops.